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Thursday, May 8, 2014 at 2:27 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Chicago Teachers Union Boss Karen Lewis Hints at Pension Compromise

Chicago Teachers Union Boss Karen Lewis Hints at Pension Compromise

Karen Lewis, Chicago Teachers Union president and scourge of Mayor Rahm Emanuel, says she would consider extending an olive branch to City Hall and negotiating a compromise on member pensions. Read »

Wednesday, May 7, 2014 at 4:25 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Chicago Tribune Calls Emanuel a 'Walking Personality Disorder'

Chicago Tribune Calls Emanuel a 'Walking Personality Disorder'

The gloves are off between the Chicago Tribune and Mayor Rahm Emanuel. In a brutal take-down of Emanuel, Kristen McQueary -- who sits on the traditionally conservative editorial board of the newspaper -- took... Read »

Tuesday, Apr 29, 2014 at 12:07 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Rahm Emanuel Shoots Down Quinn's Pitch to Share State Revenue

Rahm Emanuel Shoots Down Quinn's Pitch to Share State Revenue

Mayor Rahm Emanuel is smacking down Gov. Pat Quinn's pitch to solve the city's looming pension crisis by sharing state income tax revenue. Read »

Friday, Apr 25, 2014 at 5:04 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Opinion: Dear Residents, There Are Worse States Than Illinois

Opinion: Dear Residents, There Are Worse States Than Illinois

Between the pension crisis, and the gun violence, and the education controversy, and the general lack of trust in the state government, there's a lot to be unhappy about if you call this place home. Even so,... Read »

Thursday, Apr 24, 2014 at 4:59 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Rahm Emanuel's $250 Million Property Tax Hike: Got a Less Painful Proposal?

Rahm Emanuel's $250 Million Property Tax Hike: Got a Less Painful Proposal?

Chicago aldermen are scrambling for less agonizing alternatives to Mayor Rahm Emanuel's plan to raise property taxes by $250 million in order to cushion two underfunded pensions for city employees. Adding to... Read »

Thursday, Apr 24, 2014 at 11:43 AM
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By Erin Carlson

Bruce Rauner's Robo-Calls Could Come Back to Haunt Him

Bruce Rauner's Robo-Calls Could Come Back to Haunt Him

A lot of folks fear the wrath of famously combative Mayor Rahm Emanuel -- that's well known -- but one of them is not Gov. Pat Quinn's Republican challenger, Bruce Rauner. That could come back to haunt him. Read »

Thursday, Apr 24, 2014 at 5:30 AM
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By Erin Carlson

Quinn Dodges Question on "Morning Joe"

Quinn Dodges Question on

Will Gov. Pat Quinn tell the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth about his real relationship with Chicago's mayor? Not on live television. Read »

Wednesday, Apr 9, 2014 at 5:56 AM

State Lawmakers Pass Chicago Pension Overhaul

The state Legislature has approved Mayor Rahm Emanuel's plan for overhauling two Chicago pension programs, sending the measure to Gov. Pat Quinn. Read »

Tuesday, Apr 8, 2014 at 3:52 PM
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By Associated Press

Illinois House OKs Chicago Pension Overhaul

Illinois House OKs Chicago Pension Overhaul

The Illinois House has approved a plan to overhaul two Chicago pension programs that officials say could otherwise be out of money in little more than a decade. Read »

Tuesday, Apr 8, 2014 at 5:56 AM
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By associated press

Property Tax Increase Removed From Pension Bill

Property Tax Increase Removed From Pension Bill

Language imposing a property tax hike for Chicagoans has been removed from legislation overhauling two city pension funds. Read »

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Who We're Covering
Rahm Emanuel

Rahm Emanuel

Foul mouthed, iron-fisted and arrogant. Say hello to Mayor Emanuel.

Jesse Jackson Jr.

Jesse Jackson Jr.

After spending much of the past year and a half out of the public eye Triple J is making a comeback!

Rod Blagojevich

Rod Blagojevich

Rascally alchemist transmutes disgrace into fame. Celeb Apprentice buffoon, jail time looms.

Pat Quinn

Pat Quinn

Accidental gov no longer.

Michael Madigan

Michael Madigan

Master of the Illinois political universe, behind-the-scenes strong arm, and speaker of the house.

Ed Burke

Ed Burke

Ed Burke has played the stoic counterpart to Mayor Daley's outspoken boss hog since the Mayor took office.

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